Google Chrome completely eats RAM on most computers , especially Windows computers. Now, however, a live change to Windows 10 in the latest update is opening the door for Google Chrome to further reduce its use.
As the folks at Windows Latest point out, the Windows 10 May update introduces enhancements to segment heap memory. What is it? The short story is that it’s a tool for reducing the total memory consumption of Win32 apps on the new versions of Windows, such as Google Chrome. This update is available to developers in version 2004 or newer of Windows.
Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser already uses the “SegmentHeap” as detailed in a recent blog post. It shows a memory reduction in early tests of up to 27% when implemented.
In a Chromium commit, the engineers discuss using Google Chrome’s “SegmentHeap.” The engineer mentions that some machines could save “hundreds of MB in browser and network service utility processes” by implementing the change, with “many-core” machines benefiting the most from the change.
Nonetheless, there may be one major roadblock. Implementing “SegmentHeap” for Windows in Google Chrome would reduce RAM usage, but Google would need to build with the Windows 10.0.19041.0 (20-04) SDK. Apparently, because this version is “currently blocked on some mysterious build failures,” this is difficult. Hopefully, Google can do things.
Be warned, though, for many users the version 2004 Windows update is still messing up with Google Chrome. If you are able to keep it off for now, do so.